However, the youngest son believed the father and set sail by himself in search of the island. After travelling a short distance, he saw a huge white shark that was leading the canoe to the area of the lost island. The boy thought that the shark must be the ghost of his dead father. The shark disappeared once the canoe had reached a certain spot.
About a mile north of Moen sits a small island all by itself. There, the descendants of the youngest brother still live. The island is still called Pisiiras, the name of the clan of the brothers.
OWNERSHIP OF LAND ON CHUUK
The islands of Chuuk are relatively small and are of volcanic origin. They also have one of the largest populations of any group of islands in Micronesia which makes ownership of land extremely important.
The Chuukese value land as being more important than any of their possessions. If a person does not have a piece of land or two, then he is not considered to be a real Chuukese. A person who has no land will be considered to be very poor and he may lose his identity and self-respect. The Chuukese value land so much that fights can occur if there is a dispute over its ownership, even between close relatives. The Chuukese firmly believe that a man can only exist if he has land. Land is the source of food as well as wealth to the Chuukese.
There are other advantages of land ownership apart from food and wealth. All parts of native thatched roof houses can be made from parts of trees that grow on one's land. Without the product of the land, the Chuukese would not be able to build boats and make the equipment necessary for fishing.
Land can be used to validate or strengthen a marriage. A man who has a lot of land will also be able to marry the most beautiful girl. Land is also given as a gift to someone who takes care of a sick person or it can be used as a way of seeking forgiveness. For instance, if the child of one family gets hurt by the child of another family, land gifts might be used as a way of settling the matter.
More recently on Chuuk, land provides cash income for people who are employed. When his crop is harvested, he will sell some of his crops for income after he has kept what is needed for his family. In summary, land is of extreme value to the people of Chuuk because it allows them to live and to survive.
TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE PRACTICES IN CHUUK
Traditionally, before a man can consider marriage, he needed to have experience in farming, fishing, and boat construction. He also had to be able to build his own house. When he had these skills he would inform his parents that he was ready for marriage. The parents would then search for a suitable young woman to be his wife. When they had decided on a girl, the parents of a man would visit the girl's parents. They would introduce themselves at the purpose of their visit and discuss possible marriage with the girl's parents. If a marriage is agreed upon, the young man would stay with the girl's parents and the girl would reside with the young man's parents up until the wedding day. Prior to the marriage, both families would prepare a feast which would be attended by the leaders of their respective families. According to custom, the girl's family would provide enough food for the man's family and his family would do the same for the girl.
There are some possible attitudes on marriage that have been retained from the past among the Chuukese people. While both the man and woman will desire compatible sex partners in marriage, they look even more for good workers. A person incapable of work is unlikely to be successful at marriage in Chuuk. A person is well aware of the character and abilities of those in the community and selects a partner accordingly.
Of the 40 municipalities of the state, 16 fall within Chuuk Lagoon and 24 in the Outer Islands. Northern Nomoneas (Shiki) Islands, Chuuk Lagoon: Weno (Moen) Fono Pis-Paneu Southern Nomoneas (Shiki) Islands, Chuuk Lagoon: Fefan Tonowas Uman (including uninhabited Kuop (Neoch) Atoll) Parama Tsis Faichuk (Shichiyo) Islands, Chuuk Lagoon: Tol Wonei (Onei) Polle Paata (Pata) Nomwisofo: Udot Fanapanges Romanum Eot